So, while I have not had time to edit and post the pics of the lenses I've recently gotten, I have had time to go through my emails. For some reason people feel the urge to anonymously email my questions associated with the lenses I have reviewed on my blog (and lenses I haven't). I also have the repeated random questions that pop up on some of my posts so I figured I'd give em all a quick answer here in sort of a facts word vomit of sorts :/. Here goes my attempt:
HOW LONG DO YOU WEAR YOUR FRESHLOOK FOR?:
This is a vague one I get often. In general I wear my FreshLook lenses (as well as pretty much every other pair I own) for 10-12 hours a day. My FreshLook lenses in particular I wear for a month/30 wears before I dispose of them. I do urge any who opt to wear them to follow their eye doctors wear and disposal schedule recommended for them. They are designed/marketed to be a 2 week daily wear disposable lens. My particular wear schedule is a monthly daily disposable cycle with this brand. (Basically I'm instructed to remove them after 10-12 hours and disinfect them overnight and replace them every month/every 30 wears). This fit is based on me as an individual so I can't say if it is best for anyone else or not.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WEARING COLORED CONTACTS?:
I have been wearing colored contacts on a daily basis for 16 years.
WHY DO YOU WEAR COLORED CONTACTS?:
When I first got contact lenses in general my eye doctors office was having a promotion. If you purchased Wesley Jessen lenses, the cosmetic lenses were the same cost as the regular lenses with a handling tint if you bought a year supply. My parents decided I should get the colored lenses (FreshLook Colors at the time) because I would be getting a "better" lens for the same price.
WHY DO YOU SEEM TO WEAR SO MANY BLUE LENSES?:
When I started wearing lenses I got 3 boxes of blue (FreshLook Colors Blue) and 1 box of green (FreshLook Colors Green). I didn't have a particular preference, but when people noticed I wasn't wearing glasses and got contacts they seemed to "realize" how "blue" my eyes actually were. Most people didn't wear contacts back then, and colored contacts weren't widely available so I went with it. It has since become my go to color. That and I REALLY like the color blue...LOL
HOW MUCH DO YOU PAY FOR YOUR LENSES?:
This really depends on the lenses. With my circle lenses it really depends on what they're going for online at the time. As for my regular lenses from my eye doctors office, I usually go with FreshLook because after insurance they cost me $20 USD give or take after my insurance.
THEY SELL (INSERT RANDOM BRAND) LENSES AT MY LOCAL BEAUTY SUPPLY STORE, CAN YOU REVIEW THEM?:
I occasionally purchase a pair of lenses I come across if the pattern or color intrigues me. That aside I don't really do that often because I require prescription lenses. In the past I would but it's just not cost effective to constantly purchase lenses to review that are of no use to me beyond that.
WHY DO YOU WEAR CIRCLE LENSES? CAN'T YOU GO BLIND?
I wear circle lenses on occasion because sometimes I want to step away from my normal look. Could you go blind? Yes it's a possibility...However, you could go blind from wearing standard contact lenses that offer no cosmetic change as well. While cosmetic lenses are designed to meet a superficial need, at the end of the day they are still a medical device. Like any other they should be used responsibly. Ensure you clean your lenses properly, you handle them properly, inspect them for any defects, and maintain a realistic wearing schedule.
CAN I JUST BUY A PAIR IN A LOCAL STORE? OR DO I HAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE SPECIFIC?
You can just buy a pair in a local store. Just like eye doctors offices and online sellers the selection and choices available will vary based on what is available to them. Again I urge you to wear them responsibly if doing so. They can be a great, fun way to subtly change your looks without doing anything drastic or having any long term commitment. I do also urge you to have a proper eye exam and fitting. Even if you choose not to purchase lenses from the eye doctors office, it is always good to know the current health of your eyes, and what lenses you should avoid.
CAN GUY'S WEAR COLORED CONTACTS?IF A GUY WEAR'S COLORED CONTACTS DOES IT MAKE HIM GAY?
I'm throwing both of these in one. Yes, clearly men can wear colored contacts. While they are labeled as "cosmetic" they are NOT gender specific. Sure maybe a guy wouldn't feel comfortable wearing certain types of colored contacts, but because they're a guy doesn't mean they can't. Many do, most just aren't open about it.
If a guy is a gay male he is a gay male. Colored contacts have nothing to do with, nor are they an indicator of any individuals gender identity or sexual orientation. RELAX they're just contacts. If you wanna wear them, wear them. If you don't, don't. Just don't let what other people think of you shape your stance on the matter. As for me, no fucks are given. If they have an opinion on you wearing them if you're a guy, feel free to pull out your monthly bills and ask them which one they would like to pay.
MY FRIEND HAS COLORED CONTACTS. CAN I JUST TRY THEIRS OUT?
No. While in theory you can put them on, you shouldn't. Everyone's eyes are unique. This includes fluid such as tears and any other secretions their eyes produce. Contact lenses, even if cosmetic are medical devices that come into direct contact with an organ. They're not a t-shirt or a pair of shoes. If you wanna try em you gotta buy em.
I HAVE DARK BROWN EYES, HOW COME (INSERT LENS NAME) DOESN'T LOOK THE SAME AS IT DID ON YOU?
To be blunt, I don't have dark brown eyes. I have brown eyes, but they are light brown. Closer to an amber/honey shade to be exact. The same way I can't use how a pair of contacts looks on someone with blue eyes, or green eyes,or grey eyes, or hazel eyes, you can't use how a contact looks on my eyes as an exact indicator of the result you will achieve. For the same reason there are lenses that look fantastic on dark brown eyes (such as the various brown/chocolatey circle lenses) that look down right alienish on my eyes. They're not the same. While I can write a review based on my experience and post pictures to give an idea about them, I can't, nor do I want to make my eyes dark brown so you know exactly how they will look on you.
CAN YOU DO A REVIEW ON (INSERT LENS NAME) FOR ME?
Can you give me the money for them or send me a pair? If so than yes, if not than no. I don't mind doing reviews on lenses I have in my possesion already, or lenses I have recently purchased. That being stated I am not a blogger or youtube vlogger who has companies offering to sponser them lenses in exchange for a review. (Not saying I would turn it down LOL). As my reviews specify, all of the lenses are purchased with my own money. I don't have a sponsership nor am I gifted lenses from distributers or manufacturers. While I would LOVE to review MANY lenses I come across all the time, I have bills to pay. Since blogger ain't paying them and since I'm not being sponsered them you'll just have to check in and see if the lens you've been debating ends up as a future purchase of mine.
CAN YOU REVIEW SOLOTICA ON YOUR BLOG?
People still wear these? LOL J/K! I actually DO have a few pairs of Solotica lenses. Specifically NC Verde Marine, and Hidrocor in Ice and Ocre. That being said I may just do a review on them, but I have avoided doinng so for so long because, well.....I try to be a positive person ;)
DO YOU HAVE ANY LENSES BESIDES FRESHLOOK YOU CAN REVIEW? MY EYE DOCTOR CARRIES THEM BUT THEY CARRY A FEW OTHER BRANDS I THINK WOULD BE BETTER.
I can do some lens reviews of commonly available lenses most eye doctors carry. I have Acuvue 2 Colors and Expressions Colors in various shades. I plan on having some reviews of those up soon.
ARE THERE ANY NEW REALISTIC LENSES OUT?
New lenses come out ALL the time as far as circle lenses are concerned. As for your commercial lenses that are aimed at creating a more "realistic" result, most of those companies are stagnant in their designs and options. There are a few new brands such as Desio I've been eyeing for sometime, but I have alot of lenses now, and as I said before, my lenses aren't sponsered so it may be some time before I get a pair of those to test out.
That's the just of it for now. Any other questions? While you can shoot me an email you'll find I'll get a chance to reply much easier if you ask it here!
Have a great day everyone!